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Bill would prohibit new wind farms in coastal swath

RALEIGH, N.C. — Almost two years after lawmakers put a halt to new wind farms in the state, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown on Wednesday filed a bill to get wind energy blowing again in parts of North Carolina – but not in an area that most needs the development.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Almost two years after lawmakers put a halt to new wind farms in the state, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown on Wednesday filed a bill to get wind energy blowing again in parts of North Carolina – but not in an area that most needs the development.

Military officials, who must sign off on all wind farm projects, said no projects pending at the time would have interfered with training.

During the moratorium, the state Department of Commerce and an engineering firm mapped the areas near military bases and training zones to identify where tall turbines would pose low, medium or high risks to training operations.

"The comprehensive mapping effort, if used as a template, should provide the state compatible growth around military installations that doesn’t interfere with ranges and military installation missions," retired Maj. Gen. Robert Dickerson and retired Lt. Gen. Gary McKissock said in a joint statement. "This proposal brings clarity to an issue that may possibly weigh against North Carolina's military installations in future [base closure] evaluations.”

Dickerson previously served as commander of Camp Lejeune, while McKissock was commander of Marine Corps Logistics Bases and Marine Corps Material Command.

Brown's proposal would prohibit wind farms in high-risk areas on the map, which include a 100-mile swath along the coast between the Virginia state line and Camp Lejeune.

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